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Datebook: Events, classes, exhibits for the week ahead

July 26, 2010 |  6:00 am

Chemosphere

We've listed select home and garden events below. Suggest your own via reader comments. Submissions must be fewer than 75 words and must be for one-time events with legitimate value to other readers. No store promotions and no frivolous links, please. L.A. at Home staff will determine which submissions will be made public, but we won't edit the comments.

Thursday: Descanso Gardens' summer concert series “The Evolution of American Jazz” continues under the trees. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Blankets and picnics (normally not allowed) are encouraged. Included in regular garden admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-2400.

Saturday: More than 30 interior designers and vendors will sell inventory and offer free consultations at the third Designer Tag Sale hosted by Fyndes and Little Castle Productions. Side tables, lamps, rugs, pillows, art and accessories will sell for $5 to $200 (cash only). Admission $10. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 201 Beloit Ave., Brentwood.

Saturday: The Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter, and filmmaker Bette Jane Cohen host a screening of the film “The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner.” The film will be followed by a panel discussion with architect and writer Tom Marble, former Paramount Studio executive Evelyn Wendell, author and historian Alan Hess and Lautner scholar John Yoder. 2 p.m. $15  to $30. Southern California Institute of Architecture, 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles. Reservations: www.sahscc.org.

Saturday: Natives for beginners: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden continues its California Native Plant Gardening Workshop Series for Beginners with “Soils Demystified” with Betsey Landis. 9 a.m. to noon. $36 to $45. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

Saturday: Descanso Gardens' horticulturist Amanda Everett will give an overview on "The History of the Rose." 9 to 11:30 a.m. $12; members free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-2400.

Saturday:  Learn how to create a fairy garden as specialists guide you through the process. Class is free with the purchase of miniature accessories and fairies. 10 a.m. Cottage Home and Garden, 31720 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano. (949) 493-3920; www.cottage-home-and-garden.com.

ONGOING:

Brown Bag Tuesdays: The Gamble House, the Arts and Crafts landmark designed by Charles and Henry Greene, continues a weekly lunch program. Visitors are invited to picnic on the rear lawn or terrace of the 1908 estate between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Twenty-minute docent-led tours will be given at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. for $5, through Oct. 23. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. (626) 793-3334. Reservations: (626) 449-4178.

Butterfly pavilion: An interactive exhibition allows visitors to walk among native Southern California butterflies at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Aug. 1. Entry fee is $2 on top of regular garden admission of $4 to $8. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-8767.

Design biennial: The Pasadena Museum of California Art's fourth California Design Biennial, titled “Action/Reaction,” will highlight work in industrial design, fashion, graphics, transportation and architecture. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Nov. 1. $5 to $7. 490 E. Union St. (626) 568-3665.

L.A. Box Collective: A newly formed group of 12 Los Angeles-based furniture designers and makers committed to environmentally-conscious design and production show their latest works at a Chinatown gallery through Aug. 29.  Free. Fifth Floor Gallery, 502 Chung King Court, Los Angeles. (213) 687-8443.

Rohlfs exhibition: The first major exhibition of furniture and decorative art by the American craftsman Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) features more than 40 pieces from 10 museums and private collections. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed Tuesdays. Through Sept. 6. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Modern design: “Technorganic: Evolutionary Art and Design,” an exhibition of artworks and mass-produced designs by Marcel Wanders, Karim Rashid, Ron Arad, Philippe Starck, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Objct Gallery, 536 W. 1st St., Claremont. (909) 621-0125.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo: The John Lautner-designed Chemosphere. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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